In a fairly quiet announcement last month, Microsoft revealed the upcoming launch of a virtual reality (VR) app for Oculus Rift allowing users to stream Xbox One and compatible Xbox 360 titles onto the head-mounted display (HMD). The Xbox One Streaming app has now become available as a free download.
The Xbox One Streaming app works in a similar fashion to those VR cinema apps, whereby players get to sit in front of a massive screen to play all the latest videogames available for the console. This app doesn’t allow players to suddenly jump into a Gears of War VR universe, but at the moment it’s the closest anybody will get. This type of app is especially useful for those who don’t own massive TV’s, enjoying a much more impressive view.
As with Microsoft’s standard Xbox One streaming onto Windows 10 PC’s, users will need the console connected onto the same network as the home PC for the VR app to work. Once setup users will be able to choose one of three virtual environments to home the large screen, Citadel, Retreat or Dome.
With the app launch so late into 2016, it looks as though Microsoft is setting up 2017 to be the year it finally starts diving into immersive consumer grade technology. With the ‘Creators Update’ for Windows 10 due around March, the Redmond-based company is set to launch the recently revealed head-mounted displays (HMDs) which are being made by partners including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. Then Towards the end of the year is Project Scorpio, that according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer has been created “for true 4K gaming and high fidelity VR.”
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Microsoft and its VR plans, reporting back with the latest announcements.